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With Banggood, if you select South Africa Direct Mail it skips SAPO and goes through Buffalo Logistics. They then send you a mail to pay the taxes then they use Fastway to deliver. First order i placed on Banggood was delivered in about 7 days!
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How much is the taxes usually?
There's 2 options for shipping with direct mail. One for R15 and a tax free option for R60. Which one do I choose and is it really tax free or they going to tell me to pay more to clear the item?

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On their website now
How much is the taxes usually?
There's 2 options for shipping with direct mail. One for R15 and a tax free option for R60. Which one do I choose and is it really tax free or they going to tell me to pay more to clear the item?

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I took the tax free. Still in the process of being shipped. I will let you know. So far it looks like it is going through sapo

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I took the tax free. Still in the process of being shipped. I will let you know. So far it looks like it is going through sapo


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Did you get a tracking number? I've received 3 shipments from Banggood over the last 3 months and they were were all shipped via Buffalo Logistics, and arrived within 2 weeks. I picked "South Africa Direct Mail (tax free)" for all 3.
 
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Did you get a tracking number? I've received 3 shipments from Banggood over the last 3 months and they were were all shipped via Buffalo Logistics, and arrived within 2 weeks. I picked "South Africa Direct Mail (tax free)" for all 3.
I got a tracking no. But it is not a bufza number. It is rv and I checked on sapo int just for the hell of it and it came up on their system... It still is in transit so maybe it will change to buffalo if it goes to a warehouse or diff airport.

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What have you guys even bought on there? Not many products available compare to Ali express

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What have you guys even bought on there? Not many products available compare to Ali express

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Bought two grow lights and a drone

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Doesnt that go via the local postal service?
yeah 2 month wait and R28 to collect at post office, bought a mechanical keyboard like a year back for 500 and paid R28 cause there to lazy to handle the huge amount at customs, these days they just rush stuff through so on the more expensive stuff you can score
 
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On their website now
How much is the taxes usually?
There's 2 options for shipping with direct mail. One for R15 and a tax free option for R60. Which one do I choose and is it really tax free or they going to tell me to pay more to clear the item?

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Depends on what you have ordered i think? the most i have paid in taxes on about 1000 bucks was 70 odd rands. but all the other orders have been about 45 bucks or so.
 

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Depends on what you have ordered i think? the most i have paid in taxes on about 1000 bucks was 70 odd rands. but all the other orders have been about 45 bucks or so.
Right you are! Everything I have ordered was between 200 to 1000 and the customs tax was always between 30 to 100 bucks. I have asked banggoods support regarding the tax free shipping and they have advised me that they then handle the customs tax but how true this is I do not know. So will see on my order. Have ordered two separate items One with tax free shipping and it is taking longer with shipping and the other with normal direct mail via buffalo and it is already in Cape Town scheduled to be delivered.
 

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Right you are! Everything I have ordered was between 200 to 1000 and the customs tax was always between 30 to 100 bucks. I have asked banggoods support regarding the tax free shipping and they have advised me that they then handle the customs tax but how true this is I do not know. So will see on my order. Have ordered two separate items One with tax free shipping and it is taking longer with shipping and the other with normal direct mail via buffalo and it is already in Cape Town scheduled to be delivered.
AFAIK, tax free shipping, means they pay for tax. You still need to pay the clearance fee to buffalo, IIRC.
 

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AFAIK, tax free shipping, means they pay for tax. You still need to pay the clearance fee to buffalo, IIRC.
Like I said I haven't received an Buffalo tracking number. Its a RV which seems to go through the postal services. Will need to check whether they going change to buffalo if it makes a stop at another warehouse. Their system is delayed with the tracking updates. Will see when it hits SA shores if clearance needs to be paid. Will let you know. It is the first time I have taken the tax free option.
 

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www.gearbest.com

Best online store in china, in terms of shipping to SA they offer DHL. But the best shipping method is "SA EXPRESS" which is shipped via buffalo express and the last mile courier is Fastway. It is brilliant, I ordered a Teclast T30 tablet most recently it has already cleared customs and should be delivered any day this week. This item shipped last week. BEST PART it costs around $4 for shipping.

They have 24/7 live chat support, I do a TON of orders with them and the experience has been some what flawless.
I agree 100% The best by far.... will never use anyone else.
 

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Like I said I haven't received an Buffalo tracking number. Its a RV which seems to go through the postal services. Will need to check whether they going change to buffalo if it makes a stop at another warehouse. Their system is delayed with the tracking updates. Will see when it hits SA shores if clearance needs to be paid. Will let you know. It is the first time I have taken the tax free option.
Did you choose "South Africa Direct Mail (tax free)"?
An RV number will not be handled by buffalo, it will go to the post office... Did you enter a PO box or a physical address?

That said, all my international parcels with SAPO have been arriving within a month recently, which is a big improvement over last year and the year before.
 

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Did you choose "South Africa Direct Mail (tax free)"?
An RV number will not be handled by buffalo, it will go to the post office... Did you enter a PO box or a physical address?

That said, all my international parcels with SAPO have been arriving within a month recently, which is a big improvement over last year and the year before.
Ues chose south africa direct mail tax free and I entered my physical adress. I'm not in a cbd area therefore all my packages got delivered to the closest pep. Got one package now from pep. Oh well if it comes through sapo then I will just have to hope it gets here.

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On their website now
How much is the taxes usually?
There's 2 options for shipping with direct mail. One for R15 and a tax free option for R60. Which one do I choose and is it really tax free or they going to tell me to pay more to clear the item?

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Mine was R40+- per parcel. I chose tax free, but you still have to pay some tax it seems
 

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My ssd from Ali express arrived today came in a little bit over a month

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I have received every parcel except one(that was plainly stolen by sapo staff) over the years, via the free shipping via sapo options. Ok most took between 2-6 months to arrive.
The good news is my last shipment took 21 days from china to me collecting at sapo. Seems they getting better.
Some small stuff its just to expensive to ship through DHL.
 

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Banggood shipping cost R31 on a "SA Direct" with buffalo international.

Arrived in 6 working days.

Order value was R661 tax and duties R38

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Did you choose "South Africa Direct Mail (tax free)"?
An RV number will not be handled by buffalo, it will go to the post office... Did you enter a PO box or a physical address?

That said, all my international parcels with SAPO have been arriving within a month recently, which is a big improvement over last year and the year before.
This is such a relief. I have to buy some electronic components that neither GB or BG stock, which is such a shame. I'd support them every day and twice on Sunday, but unfortunately they just don't stock as much as Aliexpress. Granted, Aliexpress is more of an eBay, where you deal with individual sellers, but this isn't a problem if our postal is finally working. I can deal with a month shipping, but we were getting 4-6 months a few years back, and about a 50% chance of losing your parcel.
 

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